I am a performing artist, yoga teacher, and educational innovator. Over the past ten years, I have combined my two passions (the arts and mindful practices) to encourage identity exploration, positive self-expression, and deep engagement with creative process. In 2012 I founded FLY Learning Arts which incorporates a combination of movement, mindfulness, and arts exercises into classrooms in schools through New York City and Los Angeles. I brought my curiosity and pedagogy to higher ed two years ago first as a student, then a teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
As a lifelong musician, dancer, singer, actor, writer and yogi with twenty years of professional experience on stage, on page, and in classroom, I have discovered that being in my body and heart has greatly increased my capacity to be present minded and creatively curious about the world within and around me. And as an arts activist, I believe that understanding self and others is the key to creating positive, long-lasting change in communities and in ourselves. My joy in education is giving space for playful engagement that enhances student learning by offering nuanced ways for students to relate to academic materials, their personal world views, and the perspectives of others.
I am excited to be joining the high schoolers at Boston Green Academy. We will be exploring students' personal modes of self-expression by introducing a process-oriented performance project. Together we will engage in creative writing, yoga, dance and acting technique to personalize a Participatory Action Research project presentation at year's end and create self-generated beat monologues that might encourage them to stand confidently and discover new aspects of their voice as they make their final presentations. I am excited to encourage both teachers and students alike to incorporate physical and social-emotional learning into their classroom curriculums as tools to make a fuller and freer experience of learning.
Haley Dawn Roth is the founder and creator of FLY Learning Arts, an organization bringing mindfulness, yoga, and arts practices into schools nationwide. She is a graduate of New World School of the Arts High School, Emerson College, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A member of Actor's Equity Association, a certified Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor, and Educational consultant, Haley specializes in bringing creative pedagogy into educational policy, professional development, and classrooms to enhance school culture with experiential learning that unites body, heart and mind. She is happy to join the COOL Schools team in its efforts to integrate arts practices into academic settings!Tweet